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The Pros 1 A very thoroughly researched, insightful, penetrating book about one of the most interesting periods in American history 2 While it isn t completely about Nixon, it describes the man and his history in some detail and Nixon is a very interesting man 3 Perlstein does an excellent job describing the fracturing of America in a way that doesn t really take a side but provides perspective on both sides.The Con 1 I found Perlstein s writing, on occasion, unduly dense and difficult to sift through He often selects sentence structure that seems unnecessarily complex Even though I have an extensive vocabulary, I had to use the Kindle dictionary than a few times He even used some words that stumped the Kindle dictionary When I m trying to make my way through an 800 page book, I really don t want to go back and re read a sentence three or four times or hunt around for a dictionary to look up an especially esoteric word In the context of this review, I even feel a little sheepish using the word esoteric If I were a friend of Perlstein s, I would suggest he spend a summer reading Steinbeck.Moreover, the book is very thought provoking and worth the considerable effort. Perlsteinaims Here At Nothing Less Than Weaving A Tapestry Of Social Upheaval His Success Is Dazzling Los Angeles Times Both Brilliant And Fun, A Consuming Journey Back Into The Making Of Modern Politics Jon Meacham Nixonland Is A Grand Historical Epic Rick Perlstein Has Turned A Story We Think We KnowAmerican Politics Between The Opposing Presidential Landslides Of And Into An Often Surprising And Always Fascinating New Narrative Jeffrey Toobin Rick Perlsteins Bestselling Account Of How The Nixon Era Laid The Groundwork For The Political Divide That Marks Our Country TodayTold With Vivid Urgency And Sharp Political Insight, Nixonland Recaptures Americas Turbulent S And Early S And Reveals How Richard Nixon Rose From The Political Grave To Seize And Hold The Presidency Of The United States Perlsteins Epic Account Begins In The Blood And Fire Of The Watts Riots, Nine Months After Lyndon Johnsons Historic Landslide Victory Over Barry Goldwater Appeared To Herald A Permanent Liberal Consensus In The United States Yet The Next Year, Scores Of Liberals Were Tossed Out Of Congress, America Was Divided Than Ever, And A Disgraced Politician Was On His Way To A Shocking Comeback Richard Nixon Between And America Experienced No Less Than A Second Civil War Out Of Its Ashes, The Political World We Know Now Was Born Filled With Prodigious Research And Driven By A Powerful Narrative, Rick Perlsteins Magisterial Account Of How It All Happened Confirms His Place As One Of Our Countrys Most Celebrated Historians What an achievement If you read no other book about the Nixon years, read this one Nixonland is an important book because it is the first utterly coherent analysis of what happened to America in the years 1966 to 1972 Anyone who lived through those years knows that the America we were born in died sometime in that era, and the America we now inhabit is not out of the shadow of those years.Rick Perlstein has an incredibly witty and readable style There are so many segments you re going to want to read aloud to anyone willing to listen and you ll have fun doing so because of Perlstein s excellent writing I had to stop reading selections to my wife after a while, I realized it was really the entire book I wanted to read to her Instead, I bought her a copy for her own use I know I ll be referring to this one frequently in the future.It is an unforgettable story, told by a master writer. Reading this book is like having a great raconteur sit across the table from you and tell you in fascinating detail the political and social history of the United States from 1965 1972 and never getting bored, never at all Not very often is it that I can read a 750 plus page book and find something interesting on each page The book is detailed and incredibly well researched but, unlike lesser books, the research does not get in the way of the story being told I lived through the time period covered in the book and remember much of what is discussed especially the later events but had no idea of what was going on behind the scenes, particularly how truly bad Nixon was The book also helps explain the genesis of the current political and social divides in our country A remarkable synthesis of an era I cannot , obviously recommend this book too highly One of the best of its kind I have ever read right up there with the Best and the Brightest by Halberstam. There have been thousands of books written about 1968, Richard Nixon, and the Vietnam War So, the first question is why should you buy this book In Nixonland, Rick Perlstein really manages to add something new and fresh to this conversation Rather than rehashing what we d all learned in high school, Perlstein focuses on social movements during the era In particular, he takes care to show that the chaos of the 60s was not just the result of the hippies, New Left, Black Panthers, and other liberals He shows that conservatives likewise organized a countermovement to confront leftists Some of those incidents, lost to history, are shocking In one case, a group of construction workers pummeled students protecting the Vietnam War, injuring dozens Perlstein makes clear the violence of the era on both sides and puts to rest the belief that polarization today has reached new highs If you want to see polarization, read this book, where the two sides were literally at each other s throats Perlsteins verficht eloquent und gut belegt die These, dass Richard Nixon ein besonderes Gesp r f r die politische Potenz des Ressentiments entwickelt und bei seinem Aufstieg ausgebeutet hat Das Jahr 1968 hatte f r die USA eine hnlich tiefgreifende Bedeutung wie f r die Bundesrepublik, und Perlstein gelingt es, die Atmosph re sehr plastisch und nach meiner Erinnerung zutreffend zu beschreiben 1968 habe ich in den USA verbracht rgerlich ist, dass Perlstein Details nicht immer korrekt widergibt So bezieht er sich auf Paul Douglas im Jahr 1966 als junior senator des Bundesstaates Illinois, und l sst ihn erst 1954 gew hlt werden Douglas wurde erstmals im Jahr des Truman Wunders 1948 in den Senat gew hlt, und war 1966 senior senator, junior war der 1950 gew hlte und sp tere Minderheitenf hrer Ev Dirksen Da sich der Leser nicht die M he machen kann, alle Details nachzupr fen, bleibt der Verdacht, dass Perlstein auch sonstwo schlampt.Gerade angesichts der allgemeinen Beunruhigung ber das Ph nomen The Donald erf hrt der Leser bei der Lekt re von Nixonland, dass es in den USA schon in den 60er Jahren sehr starke auf Ressentiments gebaute, politisch au erordentlich wirksame und nachhaltige Tendenzen gab brigens datieren diese Tendenzen nicht erst seit Nixon, sie begleiten die USA fast m chte ich sagen von Anfang an mindestens seit Andrew Jackson, der die Generation der elit ren Founding Fathers abl ste, und der, obwohl er bei der Wahl 1824 unter drei Kandidaten die meisten W hler und Wahlm nnerstimmen gewann, in der dann notwendigen Abstimmung im Abgeordentenhaus gegen den Elitespr ssling und Pr sidentensohn John Quincy Adams unterlag Jackson gewann dabei die Revanche im Jahr 1828.Zur ck zu Nixonland Wer die USA von heute vferstehen m chte, sollte dieses Buch unbedingt lesen This is the best singe volume history of the 1960s I ve ever read Perlstein s thesis is that between 1964 when Lyndon Johnston won the presidency in a landslide and 1972 when Richard Nixon won an overwhelming victory in the presidential race, America divided into two ill defined, warring camps that have continued into the next century Fueled by rising frustration over the senseless war in Vietnam and the slow pace of achieving racial equality, people became hippies, anti war protesters, black nationalists and cultural rebels The other side morphed into the Silent Majority, the hard hats, the middle class and the friction between these two groups made the sixties one of the most dynamic decades in American history.The author uses Richard Nixon as the central figure in this conflict and does an excellent job of detailing Nixon s reliance on status politics from his days as a college student to his election as President of the United States in 1972 Along the way, Perlstein uses not only military and political history but social and cultural history to vividly illustrate his points.The book is extremely well written and well documented and, as a former history teacher, I would highly recommend Perlstein s work to anyone who remembers the sixties or anyone looking for an introduction to the most exciting decade of the second half of the 20th century.